National FFA Convention makes my job so easy... the laser show, the theme song, the massive expo, the wallet-draining mall. It never fails that my students always come away inspired and awestruck. The last time members from my new chapter attended a convention, the George Bush (the first one) was President and I was getting ready to go to Kindergarten. The previous teacher never made this trip with his students. Suffice to say, they were unaware of what awaited them in Louisville last week (a mere 2.5 hour drive from our high school.)
When they found out that my birthday was the Saturday of convention, they showered me with many gifts, but I want to share the best one with you today as my way of saying Happy Friday.
After insisting that I meet with them before we went to dinner one night, they gave me what they appropriately called an FFA rose, or a blue and yellow wax rose from the FFA mall. (Y'all know what I'm talking about. That booth may be as old as the FFA itself). The "card" they gave me was a picture from the amazing Teach Ag Booth. (Ready, Ellen Thompson?) As I pulled the picture from the bag, Maddie, a sophomore, said,
"Happy Birthday, I'm going to be an agriculture teacher!"
What YOU get for YOUR birthday?
Today Maddie saw me wearing my Teach Ag jacket (because it is unseasonably COLD here in the Volunteer State) and asked me how I got it. When I explained that I get to blog about why my job is the , she loved that there was a national platform for young people who are considering joining our profession. So if you will, lend Maddie your ears and hear why she wants to join the ranks of crazy agriculture teachers everywhere.
"I was inspired to teach ag after learning about how much agriculture really effects our lives each and every day. Not everyone understands just how important our industry is. I plan to share that with as many people as I come in contact with. Teenagers and young adults need to be aware of what we do and that agriculture is about so much more than farming.
I want to inspire others to want to wear our blue corduroy jacket because it'll never go out of style. I plan to show FFA members that our jackets represent our past and all that we have the potential to become. We are the future of agriculture. Whether you want to be a farmer, a marine biologist, a veterinarian, or an agriculture teacher, our industry depends on you. If you're wondering if this career is right for you, here's what I know: if you love the blue and gold as much as I do, you'll want to be a part of it forever. By choosing a career as an agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, you will!"
-Maddie, sophomore at McGavock High School